Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Jeff Carter in trade with Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings traded forward Jeff Carter to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2022 conditional third-round pick and a 2023 conditional fourth-round pick, the teams announced Sunday night.

Los Angeles will retain 50% of Carter’s salary, which runs through the 2021-22 season and carries a $5.272 million cap hit.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, in 2012 and 2014, Carter is tied for 10th on the franchise list in all-time goals and ranks first in overtime goals.

He has spent the past nine-plus years of his 16-year NHL career in Los Angeles. He also played for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers, who drafted him 11th overall in 2003 when current Penguins general manager Ron Hextall was the Flyers’ director of player personnel. Hextall was also an assistant GM with the Kings for seven seasons, including their 2012 Stanley Cup-winning season.

Carter, 36, has recorded eight goals, 11 assists and 19 points in 40 games this season. His departure leaves just four members of the Kings’ two Stanley Cup teams still with the franchise — captain Anze Kopitar, forward Dustin Brown, defenseman Drew Doughty and goalie Jonathan Quick.

The Kings, who had lost seven of nine games before Saturday’s win at the San Jose Sharks, are currently six points out of a playoff spot with 16 games left.

The Penguins, at 27-13-2, are third in the East Division, but just two points behind division leaders the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Published: 2021-04-12 11:17:29

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